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There’s No Place Like Home

The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favorite movies. Maybe it has to do with being a Kansas gal. How many of you remember “getting to stay up late” to watch the movie on TV when you were a kid? When I moved to Georgia before 10th grade, many comments were made about “being from Kansas” – to which I would respond that Dorothy did indeed live across the street from me.

When I recently saw this pin “3 Clicks From Home” at Melissa’s Eggman Studios it seemed like a perfect way to celebrate a favorite movie and being a Kansas gal.

On Thursday evening I wished I could have clicked my heels three times to get home. Summer storms impacted flights in and out of Chicago – so I “got to” hang out in the Chattanooga airport for 5 1/2 hours while waiting for my flight home. At least the passengers sitting near me at the gate were in pretty good spirits throughout the wait – each delay update caused a mixture of groans and chuckles. I did some knitting on the sash belt that I have been working on – a 10 year old boy was intrigued by the knitting and another passenger joked that it would be a sweater by the time we finally got to board the plane. After waiting an hour in the line for a taxi at O’Hare I was putting the key in my door at 1AM on Friday – it was 10 1/2 hours from the time I left the project office in Chattanooga till I was home.

Over the last couple of weeks the mail has once again been filled with some fun goodies.

I Won! Recently Amanda Cathleen had a contest for some free alpaca yarn that she was given on her recent vacation. In addition to the yarn she also included some great stitch markers that she made. Thanks for the goodies! I think I know “just” the pattern for this yarn – stay tuned.

Project Spectrum Postcard Swapping continues. Margene was my blue swap pal. Anastasia (in Australia) was my purple swap pal.

My swap pals have been very understanding of some delays in getting postcards out to them. Last Sunday I was busy with papers & flora/fauna pictures – the cards have been dispatched to Pennsylvania, Utah & Australia. In my rush to get them in the mail I didn’t get pictures snapped.

Have you swapped with Trek yet? Her sock bag swap is a great idea! When I saw this bag on her site I knew it was time to swap – this bag contains 2 of my favorite things: sunflowers (see Kansas gal above) and purple. So, I swapped with her for some of my handmade notecards featuring pictures from my Italy & Greece trip.

Jodi (aka Purl Needlemeyer) has developed a fun knitting organization kit – Gettin’ Knit Together – it is filled with all sorts of great things that are being put to use in organizing my stash & supplies.

Sunny Violets Bib – This weekend I finished up this Mason Dixon baby bib. It matches with a yellow onesie that I had picked up several months ago. This one is on it’s way to Baby Lilly in Texas. (For those of you who are making these bibs, when you’re looking for cute buttons make sure that they can be machine washable. Several cute buttons that I initially picked up where hand wash only – not practical for baby bibs.)

Speaking of home…where is yours? I’ve got a Frappr map going (better late than never…) – if you would, please take a minute to put a pin in the map so I can see where you are.


  1. Wonderful goodies! I remember staying up late for Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and revealing my bumpkin roots, Smokey and the Bandit. ;o)

  2. I remember how special it was to spend the evening in front of W of O or Peter Pan – We got to have dinner in the living room! We got to stay up late!

    Your treats are so sweet – enjoy them!

  3. Wow, you could have driven home from Chattanooga faster! The other movie we loved to watch when I was a kid was WIllie Wonka. This was pre-VCR, pre-Cable so the movies come on TV maybe once a year and it was always a HUGE treat!

  4. Glad the card arrived and your blue card arrived here on Friday. The bib is darling! PS has been fun and I love color even more.

  5. Yeahh good to see the postcard arrived safely!!
    Lots of goodies in the mail!
    Wizard of Oz will always be a favourite!

  6. What a look of goodness on your doorstep. We have fun watching the Wizard of Oz (no sound) along with Pink FLoyd’s Dark side of the Moon album…start after the lions 3rd roar.

  7. Goodies! And such nice goodies. I love that pin. When my brother & I drove through Kansas, I insisted on picking up a T-shirt w/a note from Toto to Dorothy on it and wearing it. It’s great.

    Five and a half hours? no lie that would almost be a sweater! But isn’t it lovely to be home?

  8. What fun goodies! You are a lucky girl. Love the bib too.

  9. The bib looks great (I just finished one myself). Congrats on the yarn win. The postcards look great.
    I want to get one of those Purl Needlemeyer sets. They are so cute!

  10. Hey, I didn’t realize you were from Kansas when we swapped! No wonder you liked the sunflowers so much!

  11. Your post about POTM made me think of the episode of Arrested Development where Buster gets to wear the nude suit to be in the Michelangelo fresco! tee hee

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